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iPhone Full Moon, DSLR Moon on Dome

Posted: 17 April 2022

The sky was cloudy on Friday, 15 April 2022. The sky was clear on Saturday, 16 April, but windy during the day.

Open: Saturday, 16 April 2022, 1841 MST
Temperature: 85°F
Session: 1751
Conditions: Clear, breezy

12" f/8 LX600 w/StarLock
2" 24mm UWA eyepiece
2" 30mm eyepiece

iPhone 13 Pro Max

1846-1935 MST: Relaxed on the observatory patio bench to watch the twilight sky get darker.

1855 MST: Sunset.

1936 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.

1941 MST: High Precision ON.

Viewed M53 (globular cluster), 102X. It was faintly visible in the twilight sky.

1945 MST: High Precision OFF.

Slewed the 12" telescope to the just past Full Moon still behind the hill to the east.

1949 MST: Returned to the bench to wait until the Moon rose above the hill.

2016 MST: Saw a bright satellite passing near the Big Dipper in the northeastern sky. This is a handheld iPhone 13 Pro Max photo of the satellite (the streak) and Big Dipper taken with the Camera app (Night Mode, 10 seconds, 1X lens). The double star Mizar in the handle of the Big Dipper is easily seen in the photo.


2018 MST: Back inside the observatory.

Viewed the Moon rising over the hill, 102X and 81X. A very slight terminator was visible.

2021 MST: Handheld iPhone afocal 102X photo of the Moon rising, NightCap Camera (ISO 34, 1/4400sec, 1X lens).


2027 MST: Handheld iPhone afocal 81X photo of the Moon, NightCap Camera (ISO 34, 1/5900sec, 1X lens) still low in the eastern sky.


2034 MST: Handheld D850 DSLR photo (f/2.8, 1 second, ISO 12800, focal length 24mm) of the Moon projected onto the observatory dome.


Viewed the Moon, 81X and 102X.

2039 MST: LX600 OFF.

Close: Saturday, 16 April 2022, 2047 MST
Temperature: 63°F
Session Length: 2h 06m
Conditions: Clear, breezy

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